.Says over 100 PSP operators already working with it
By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Inspite of the ongoing investigation by Lagos State House of Assembly on the operation s of Visionscape Sanitation Solutions, VSS, the management has reiterated its commitment to fulfilling its part in the Cleaner Lagos Initiative, CLI, even has it said.
The company also expressed its willingness to work with with Private Sector Participant, PSP, operators in Lagos, saying, currently, over 100 PSP operators had joined VSS to aid waste collection in the state. Visionscape’s Head of Corporate Communications, Motunrayo Elias, said while giving update on the operation s of the company.
According to Elias, “Our plan is to service all the residential areas in the streets of Lagos state. We have a lot of black spots or illegal dump sites in the states. We want to clear all the black spots before moving into the residential areas.”
She however, appreciated the PSPs for all the work that had been done before Visionscape arrived, assuring that the company was willing to work with the PSPs. “We are willing and we have made progress and we will all work together, ” she said. She however, noted that though the organisation commenced full operations in January this year some progress had been made.
Elias added that Visionscape was embarking on advocacy programme at grassroots level The Head of Planning, VSS, Kiran Reddy also revealed that the waste management company had cleared 2000 of the almost 5000 illegal dumpsites in Lagos.
He said that approximately illegal 5000 dumpsites also known as blackspots were found during a baseline study of the state.
“We found approximately 5000 black spots with waste from five tonnes to 150 tonnes and we have cleaned up approximately 2000 black spots. We rented trucks, used pay loaders just to clean these dumpsites”, he said.
Highlighting other implementation efforts of the organisation, Kiran said that, over 15 000 bins have been distributed across the state and by the end of August, over 20,000 galvanised bins would be distributed.
He noted that 4 million plastic bags had already been distributed to residents of Lagos State adding that 10 million plastic bags will be distributed before the end of the year.
Meantime,VSS, while reacting to the resolution of the Lagos State House of Assembly to summon the executive arm of the state government to explain the state of waste management in Lagos, said, “there is no cause for alarm.”
The House of Assembly had in a resolution invited the Accountant-General of the state, Mrs. Abimbola Umar and three members of the State Executive Council to brief its ad hoc committee on all issues surrounding waste management in Lagos and the role and status of Visionscape.
The invited commissioners are: Attorney-Generaland Commissioner of Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem; the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade and the Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti. One of the officials of Visionscape, Dipo Wintoki said the House of Assembly was performing its statutory function and there was no cause for alarm since Visionscape had a valid contract from government.
“The emergence of the contract was done through regular and due process. The Lagos State Government has an obligation to fulfill its part of the contract.The process of awarding the contract to Visionscape was not arbitrary. This will be resolved,” Wintoki said.